Monday, 5 September 2016

Job Opportunity at Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti, Director of IT


Responsible for the efficient operation and maintenance of all computer systems, data and voice communications activities at property.
Forecast technology requirements and upgrades to existing technology to improve effectiveness of installed systems
Execute hotel and corporate systems strategies.
University or College degree – major in IT
Five years experience in hotel IT
Minimum two years experience as Hotel Director of IT
Project Management and knowledge of hospitality applications, PMS, HSIA, POS are assets.

Position Outline:

Key Activities
People Functions
Maintain harmonious and professional relationship with all departments and Home Office.
Comply with and enforce Four Seasons’ Category One and Category Two Work Rules and Standards of Conduct as set forth in EmPact.
Must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to relate to all levels of management.
Must be able to assist hotel guests with technical requirements and issues.
Actively participate in quarterly Regional Systems meetings and shared ideas and best practices.
Experience in Project Management, hospitality applications, PMS, HSIA, POS, is preferred.
Must be able to provide high levels of service and support to admin users as per contracted Service Level Agreement.
Product Functions
Ensure critical systems, specifically Front Office Property Management System, Call Accounting, HSIA, PABX and Food & Beverage Point of Sales computer systems are available twenty-four (24) hours per day.
Establish and maintain user procedures and hardware familiarization for all systems.
Establish and maintain system security procedures consistent with control requirements and corporate policy.
Maintain accurate records of system files; software and hardware issues and service requirements.
Maintain effective support for end user support process, other systems, including back office, sales & catering and human resources applications or any other property application.
Knowledge of specific hospitality industry applications and interfaces (i.e. Opera, Delphi, Back Office, Spa, HR systems, etc) is desirable.
Responsible for network support & security of Hotel network, Active Directory maintenance, Server Infrastructure maintenance, Network Infrastructure maintenance – wired & wireless, Network protection & failover tools implementation (Firewall, web security, multi-homing devices, etc).
Administer Lotus Notes, connection to global VPN and other communication tools
Establish and maintain, test and monitor backup plan for all systems to ensure protection from loss of data and ensure backups are carried out in accordance with corporate and local policies.
Maintain and promote Four Seasons core technology standards as outlined in the Four Seasons IT Core Standards notes database.
As required, participate in and lead the co-ordination of new systems acquisitions, corporate initiated major projects and technology implementations.
Good knowledge and support for Desktop OS and applications.
Provide direct guest support and quality support to function rooms and conference services.
Assist the Director of Finance in administering all IT related maintenance and services contracts and take a leadership role in establishing scope of the maintenance and services contracts, contract negotiations and bidding process.

Profit Functions

Be a business manager. Recommend new applications as requested by hotels to streamline business processes and improve workflow.
Negotiate and execute computer and data communications contracts to ensure compliance with their requirements.
Implement technology “best practices” from other Four Seasons properties that are workable.
Establish product lifecycle management for hardware/software and 10-year capital planning for technology.
Prepare IT operating budgets, IT capital budgets, and able to discuss and present a business case for all IT expenses.


Key Behavioural Competencies
Technical Skills and Knowledge
Proven leadership skills in a Hotel environment
Highest level of integrity and transparency
Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills and a team player with high energy levels to work with cross-functional teams, negotiate for resources and influence stakeholders
Strong written and verbal communication skills to prepare and deliver reports, projects, effective presentations and facilitate meetings
Strong problem-solving, decision-making, conflict-resolution and strategic-thinking skills
Promote a continuous learning environment that creates an atmosphere for professional development opportunities
Apply an ethical approach to influence the outcome of situations
Serve as a role model for others by demonstrating appropriate business conduct and ethical principles
Continuously seek to improve/develop the performance of others and continuously strive to improve his/her own performance
Work in a safe, prudent and organized manner
A working technical knowledge of hotel systems and operations.
Desirable Microsoft or Cisco Certifications, strong network-building and trouble-shooting skills, including Microsoft Operating Systems, MAC Operating Systems and applications
Strong business, resources and project planning experience
Four Seasons IT Core Standards and key internal controls
Good knowledge of the Four Seasons policies and procedures
Knowledge of basic accounting principles
Reasonable cost analysis, cost management and budgeting skills
Clear understanding of the purpose and reasons for internal controls
Understand and familiar with hotel quality standards and service standards
Strong commitment to service

Minimum 2 Years International assignment


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